Art Department Trip to Washington D.C.

Open to all Cecil Students and Employees

As of November 6th, thirteen more spots are available on a first come first serve basis.

Date: Tuesday, November 15th

Cost: There is no fee for the bus.  The museums within the Smithsonian, such as the American Museum of Art, are free.  The National Gallery of Art is free.

Departure Time and Location: 8:30 AM on the North East Campus in front of the Milburn Stone Theater.

Return Time from Washington: In an attempt to avoid early rush hour traffic, we will be departing from Washington later, between 5:30 and 6:00 pm.  The departure location is to be determined so listen for that information on the day of the trip.

To Reserve a Spot on the Bus: Contact me, Mark Donohue, at to obtain a field trip release form.  Fill out a trip release form and return it to me in person.  Below is my schedule at the North East campus:

Technology Center, room 421, Tuesdays between 2:00-5:00 pm

AS 230, Tuesdays between 6:00-9:00 pm

AS 230, Thursdays between 1:00-9:00 pm (try the art office next to AS230 between 4 and 6

Trip Details: The bus will be dropping us off at The National Gallery of Art when we arrive in Washington.  Purchasing lunch can be expensive so feel free to pack a lunch and snack for later on.  If you decide to eat later, make sure that you leave enough time to catch the bus.  Weather permitting, there are plenty of places to sit and eat on the mall.  

Below is a list of a few locations that may be of interest.  I’ll be visiting the National Gallery first then probably the American Museum of Art (and Portrait Gallery).  If interested, feel free to tag along with me.  But there are lots of other great things to see within walking distance.  You should be able to visit at least two museums.  Most of the museums close around 5:30 pm.

Hope to hear from you soon!


The National Gallery of Art

Located near the Capitol building, has an extensive collection of works dating from the Byzantine era to European art to Modern art.

The American Museum of Art and National Portrait Gallery

Has a great collection of portraits and paintings.  Located at 8th and F Streets NW, the Donald W. Reynolds Center not only hosts the National Portrait Gallery, but it also serves as the space for the Smithsonian American Art Museum. 

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

The Hirshorn is a great collection that is dedicated to modern and contemporary art.  It is located across the mall from the National Gallery.

The Freer Art Gallery

It holds an extensive collection of Asian Art and is close to the Hirshhorn.

Vietnam War Memorial

The monuments on the mall are always great to see, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the more recently installed World War II and Martin Luther King memorials.